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Amazon, Apple makes family sharing easy, Google misses out

With almost everyone owning a smartphone or tablet these days, these mobile devices have become more than just individual, private experiences but sometimes even familial ones. Realizing that families would sometimes want to manage their mobile experience as, well, a family, Amazon and Apple have revealed features in their new operating systems that makes all that not only easy but even more engaging as well.

Android L to offer devices encryption as default out-of-the-box

Just to set things straight, encryption of personal data has been available to Android users since 2011. It was one of those features that users rarely talk about and never get around to using. But with the spate of high-profile leaks of personal data – videos, pictures, and the like – a lot more people are now looking to security features in devices to protect sensitive and personal data. Enter Google’s announcement that the next Android operating system release – presently known as Android L and set to be launched pretty soon – will have encryption turned on by default for devices which will carry the new OS.

Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 4 coming in October

In the excitement leading up to Samsung’s official announcement of their new Galaxy Note 4, they released several videos hyping up the S-Pen capabilities of the phablet. And when it was finally announced two weeks ago right before IFA 2014, the next question was: when will it finally be available for purchase? Well, the OEM has now sort of answered that question through another video, and Note fans will have to wait a few more weeks to finally get their hands on the newest member of the family.

WearFaces makes Apple watch face for Android smartwatches

The more I looked at it, the more I was convinced I knew it from somewhere – it took a friend to look at my browser and say “Hey, that’s the Apple Watch, isn’t it?” For the record, I wasn’t looking at the newfangled smartwatch from Cupertino – I was looking at a smartwatch face designed by UhrArt and uploaded to an Android smartwatch via the same dev’s WearFaces app. The app allows for different watch face designs, and one of them mimicked that “colorful” design from Apple.

HTC defers launch of smartwatch to early 2015

We’re not sure if it’s a case of being cautious or they want to actually face-off against the Apple Watch, but it seems that HTC has decided to push back on the launch of its own smartwatch to early 2015. This is also the same time period that Apple would be officially launching its wearable, which was announced earlier this weak. There might be missed holiday sales for HTC, but it looks like there is a solid reasoning either way for the Taiwanese OEM to wait until next year to launch their smartwatch.

Samsung takes potshots at Apple (again) with new videos

Oh Samsung, you’re like the kid at the playground that can’t stop making fun of the more popular kids even though you’re part of the in-crowd as well. The new series of videos posted on their YouTube channel called “It Doesn’t Take A Genius” takes non-subtle potshots at their arch-rival Apple, just a day after the keynote heralding the arrival of their new products.

Survey says iPhone 6 won’t cause Android users to jump ship

Surveys are just that, a representation of the massive totality based on the opinion of a representative few – albeit with scientific research foundations. How much stock we put on their reliability changes from person to person, but the results usually stand proud regardless of your doubts or approval. This specific one leans it favor towards the Android ecosystem – that only 5% or less of Android users will jump over to iOS with the upcoming iPhone 6 launch.

Is sapphire glass all it’s cracked up to be?

With IFA 2014 set to start in a few days in Berlin, one of the buzzwords being bandied about is sapphire glass, particularly because it is rumored to be one of the features of the anticipated iPhone 6. Another OEM has beaten Apple to the punch as Kyocera recently announced the availability of its Brigadier with Sapphire Display through carrier Verizon. But as a supposedly scratch and drop resistant material, is sapphire glass all it’s, well, cracked up to be?
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